La Luz Trail Head and Parking area is temporarily closed for reconstruction along with National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 333A in effect for October 22, 2018 and shall remain in effect until June 1, 2019 or until: the Order is rescinded, whichever occurs first.
Albuquerque, NM, October 17, 2018 –Closure Order 03-0674 has been issued for the La Luz trailhead and parking area along with National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 333A in effect for October 22, 2018 and shall remain in effect until June 1, 2019 or until: the Order is rescinded, whichever occurs first.
The purpose of this Order is to protect the public’s health and safety during planned reconstruction of the La Luz (#137) trailhead, parking area and NFSR 333A within Projected Section 35, T12N, R4E, NMPM, Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties, New Mexico as depicted on 03-0674 Exhibit A Map
La Luz trail gives you panoramic views of Albuquerque.
As you hike you are treated to ever-changing views of cliffs and trees and wildflowers. The wildflowers are amazing many are unfamiliar.
After hiking up the trail take the tram ride down and have someone pick you up. The walk back to the trail head is hot in the summer and there is no shade.
At the crest the High Finance restaurant is now closed. The Restaurant atop the Tram has been demolished and construction of a new facility to replace it has begun with an anticipated opening of Spring 2019.
About The La Luz Trail
Trail Length: 8-9 miles
Level of difficulty: Strenuous. Take plenty of water and high- energy food, and give yourself plenty of time to descend before darkness.
Altitude range: 7,000 to10,378 (At the junction of La Luz and
Spur Trail 84, you can choose to go left to the Sandia
Crest House, the highest point in the Sandias at
Times to go: Late spring, summer and well into fall. The trail is open sunrise to sunset, daily. Check Current Fire Dangers and Restrictions
Careful: Be prepared for unexpected weather changes and a full day of hiking if you plan to reach the crest. Take rain gear and warm jackets, and make sure everyone in your party is physically up to the challenge. Hiking part way and turning around is a good plan when first starting out.
Always stay on the trail.Water: 2 quarts per person min. Also take food and snacks for the trip.
For Current Conditions
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Cibola National Forest
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Sandia Mountain Wilderness, Cibola National Forest
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Here are some photos
A Really Rocky Trail
The trail is tricky, some times switchbacks uo the side of a rockslide, Make sure your footware has ankle support.
The early part of the trail
The first half of the trail is nice and well maintained.
Beautiful trees like ponderosa pine grow in the middle of the hike.
Old Twisted Tree
This old twisted juniper is right on the trail.
Great Views Near the Top
Every twist and turn leads to new spectacular views.
View of Albuquerque
You are rewarded by a great view from the top.
Ready to do something?
Please be prepared, Three people lost thier lives on this mountain in 2015.